TMJ/TMD Therapy – St. Cloud, FL
Easing Jaw Joint
Pain & Discomfort
TMJ dysfunction, also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is a more common condition than many people think. It can be caused by a variety of issues, including facial trauma that resulted in a jaw injury, misalignment, and bruxism. It occurs when the two joints that connect your jawbone to your skull don’t function properly, resulting in facial pain and difficulty chewing food. Dr. Brue-Vinokur offers individualized treatment to help you regain the full range of motions and functions of your jaw.
Why Choose Brue Family Dentistry for TMJ/TMD Therapy?
Appliances to Realign
Injections for TMJ Pain
Diagnosis & Treatment
The first step of getting help for TMJ pain and discomfort is to get a diagnosis. Using our CT/cone beam scanner, we’ll capture detailed images of your facial structure, including your jawbone, joints, and tissues and nerves. This will help us diagnose the issue and determine what type of treatment best fits your needs. Many of our patients schedule an appointment with us once they experience some of the following symptoms:
- Aching facial pain
- Clicking and popping jaw joints
- Difficulty chewing food
- Grinding and clenching teeth
An occlusal splint is a custom designed orthotic device that fits comfortably in your mouth as you sleep. It’s designed to realign your jaw to ease the pressure on your joints and prevent grinding and clenching from causing muscle strain. The primary function of the splint is to provide lasting relief from TMJ pain and reduce the uncomfortable symptoms that you experience from TMD.
An alternative treatment for TMJ dysfunction that has shown promising results for a number of patients has been BOTOX injections. The injections target areas of the jaw and face where patients feel the most tension and discomfort. After a couple of weeks, the BOTOX injections will reduce jaw pain by allowing the overworked and tension filled joints to relax. This treatment is quick and pain-free, and it requires little to no recovery time!